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Fig Tree

Ficus sp.


Plantae; Rosales; Moraceae; Ficeae; Ficus sp. This tree is in our back yard. The date of the photos is Aug 8, 2015, but the tree is very old, no one alive today knows if it was planted deliberately or it sprouted up from a seed dropped by a bird or a fruit bat. It stands approximately 50 to 60 ft. tall. I wanted some pictures of this tree to make a spotting that I could link to: my spotting of a Moth, Asota egens confinis which I uploaded earlier today. This is the tree which I am sure was the host plant of the moth and I believe that the moth's egg was deposited there, the larva lived there and pupated on this tree. Therefor, this Ficus is (at least I think it is) the centre of the true habitat of the moth in that spotting.


The habitat of this tree now probably bears little resemblance to what it was when the tree started growing. I am told by the local people that this kind of tree grows fairly quickly, and no one is even sure if this is the original tree or if, at some time a new sapling has taken over. But it seems that this tree (or its predecessor) has probably been here since a time when there were fewer houses and people in this area. But this is all speculative, no solid information. The habitat as it is now is a rice growing area inhabited by a small community. There are still some remnants of wilderness, but agriculture and human settlement have been encroaching over the years.


The reason for the use of older photos for this spotting: I didn't want to take photos of the tree today because it has just been trimmed in preparation for the typhoon season and doesn't look at its best.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 30, 2015
Submitted on Jun 30, 2022

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